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Image: Blood samples tested for human immunodeficiency virus (Photo courtesy of iStock).

Second Test Helps Prevent Incorrect HIV Diagnosis

The specificity of nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) used for early infant diagnosis (EID) of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is less than 100%, leading some HIV-uninfected infants to be incorrectly identified as HIV-infected. More...
06 Dec 2017
Image: The BACTEC mycobacterial growth indicator tubes (Photo courtesy of Becton, Dickinson and Company).

TB Culture Methods Determine Relapse and Cure

Tuberculosis (TB) kills more people than any other infectious disease, and new regimens are essential. The primary endpoint for confirmatory phase III trials for new regimens is a composite outcome that includes bacteriological treatment failure and relapse. More...
04 Dec 2017
Image: Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry apparatus (Photo courtesy of Maciej Kotlinski).

Rapid Detection of Antibiotic Resistance Uses MALDI-TOF MS

A universal phenotypic method has been targeted which would allow easy and rapid antimicrobial susceptibility testing independently of underlying resistance mechanism. More...
30 Nov 2017
Image: The SD BIOLINE Cholera Ag 01/0139 rapid diagnostic test (Photo courtesy of Alere).

Immunochromatographic Rapid Tests Evaluated for Cholera

Cholera remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide, resulting in an estimated 2.8 million cases and 91,000 deaths annually. Prompt identification of cholera cases facilitates rapid outbreak responses in the short term, while providing reliable surveillance data to guide long-term policies and interventions. More...
28 Nov 2017
Image: Thin blood film showing ring-form trophozoites of Plasmodium falciparum and a neutrophil containing malaria pigment (Photo courtesy of Hammersmith Hospital).

Leukocyte Counts Change in Liver Phase of Malaria

Both in endemic countries and in imported malaria, changes in total and differential leukocyte count during Plasmodium falciparum infection have been described. More...
22 Nov 2017
Image: The UF-1000i automated urine particle analyzer (Photo courtesy of Sysmex).

Urine Particle Analyzer Compared with Standard Methods

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are characterized by the presence of microbial pathogens within the urinary tract, and they represent one of the most common infections identified in both hospitalized and clinic patients. Most UTIs are easily treated without difficulty. More...
20 Nov 2017
Image: The Flexicult SSI-Urinary Kit is a chromogenic agar allowing identification, quantification and susceptibility testing of Urinary Tract Infection pathogens (Photo courtesy of SSI DIagnostica).

POC Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing Evaluated in General Practice

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common condition in general practice and the second leading cause for the prescribing of antibiotics. Urine culture gives a definite answer for UTI in the symptomatic patient. More...
16 Nov 2017


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